Baby Preparations Continue

08/16/2016


As Honi's big day draws closer, Philadelphia Zoo staff continues to plan for the baby gorilla's arrival. 

Much like human parents "nest" before the arrival of a newborn child, Philadelphia Zoo must also plan for Honi's baby. A deep clean of the gorilla's living space and plenty of nesting hay is essential to providing a healthy and comfortable place for Honi and her newborn baby.

Similarly, just as human parents must baby-proof the house before bringing home a child, Philadelphia Zoo staff performs a thorough assessment of the gorilla's living space and identifies any potential hazards that may be unsafe for the newborn baby. Nets, firehoses and climbing structures with large loops and holes are fun for adult gorillas but must be reinforced and modified for Honi's baby. Heavy logs and exhibit furniture must also be secured.